What's more punk than drag?

I'm a little late with my Lux Interior tribute post, but better late than never.  For those of you who aren't familiar with him, Lux was the lead singer of the Cramps- a super rad, super trashy, super gay punk band that was active from the early 70s up until Lux's death earlier this month.  When I was a little gay boy growing up in rural Pennsylvania, dressing up in girls' clothes sounded way cooler to me than mosh pitting at a punk show.  Never did I imagine the two roads would meet- so imagine my surprise (and delight!) upon discovering the Cramps.  Lux's gender-bending, cross-dressing antics have made him a queer icon- even though he was married to the band's female lead guitarist, Poison Ivy.  Throw in some surf rock riffs, a rockabilly sensibility and healthy dose of trash culture and you've got one hell of a punk band.  It makes me want to throw on a pair of high heels and fake eyelashes and show those mosh pitters what's up.  If you haven't listened to them yet, now's the time.

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Bad Music for Bad People

Lux was my favorite creature from the black leather lagoon, and he will be sorely missed.

Yeap, the world has lost

Yeap, the world has lost another one good guy.He was and extremely talented person beaming an incredible stream of sexual energy, although it's probably a miracle he ever made it as long as he did.
I strongly recommend you to check out the "Tear it Up" video on YouTube. It doesn't get much better than that.